December 9, 2022

Paracetamol: myths vs facts | Lifestyle News, The Indian Express

Paracetamol is a common medicine found in every home. It is also known as acetaminophen, a pain reliever and fever reducer. The reason people consume it is that it helps with conditions such as fever, headache, muscle aches and back pain.

According to Dr. PS Pradeep Kumar, MS, DLO, DNB, MNAMS, despite its use, millions of people are still unaware of its treatment and how it actually works. He said during the pandemic they preferred to take paracetamol to manage symptoms like fever, headaches or body aches.

“Not only that, even the World Health Organization has recommended its consumption as it has helped relieve the patient’s symptoms like high fever, moderate body aches, colds and flu,” the doctor said, adding that many people in India suffer from diabetes, hypertension. or both, and one study suggests that they are “advised to consume paracetamol as analgesic due to its mild properties and superior safety profile”.

But, it is also true that today people trust the internet to get information, and given the speed and time with which information is downloaded, it creates a lot of misconceptions, said the doctor.

He listed some myths and facts about paracetamol that people should know.

Myth – Paracetamol stays in the body for 24 hours.
Fact – The effectiveness of this paracetamol begins within 30 minutes of consumption and usually lasts 4-6 hours in the body.

Myth – Paracetamol is known to have long term side effects and can lead to health issues.
Fact – Paracetamol is known to be used as a ‘first line’ medication for mild to moderate pain and it has fewer known side effects compared to any other pain reliever.

Myth – I can’t take paracetamol because I have diabetes and high blood pressure.
Fact – Paracetamol is the only painkiller known to have fewer drug interactions and can be taken by patients with diabetes and high blood pressure.

“The Optizorb technology helps increase the rate of disintegration of the tablet into smaller molecules to start the pain relief process. It is suitable for a large number of people and has a better safety profile. Thanks to the Optizorb technology, the paracetamol begins to be released in 5 minutes. To ensure safer health, it is always recommended to take the advice of a doctor before consuming. Always follow the instructions and do not overdose,” the doctor concluded.

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